The pressure on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is growing. More Democrats have called for a resignation. Among them is the influential Senator Chuck Schumer.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has come under pressure because of allegations of harassment, is also increasingly losing support in the ranks of his Democratic Party.
Now the top Democrat in the US Senate is calling on his party colleague to resign. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand – next to Schumer the second representative of New York in the Senate – announced on Friday evening (local time) in Washington: “Due to the multiple, credible allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has the trust of his government partners and the People in New York has lost. Governor Cuomo should resign. “
Schumer and Gillibrand praised the courage of the women who made the allegations public.
The two prominent MPs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jerry Nadler, who represent New York in the US House of Representatives, also called on their party friends to resign on Friday. Cuomo immediately rejected the claims.
The allegations against the governor and his reactions to the allegations made it impossible for him to remain in office, said Nadler. Cuomo had “lost the confidence of the New Yorkers” and had to resign.
Criticism also in Corona politics
Ocasio-Cortez made a similar statement in a joint statement with another congressman from New York, Jamaal Bowman. They called the allegations against Cuomo credible. They also referred to allegations that the governor should have downplayed and concealed the number of corona fatalities in old people’s homes.
Six women have made harassment charges against Cuomo since late February. On Wednesday, an employee stated that the 63-year-old had touched her inappropriately at his residence in Albany at the end of 2020. New York attorney general Letitia James appointed two independent lawyers to lead the investigation against Cuomo on Monday.
The governor ruled out a resignation on Friday again. “I will not resign,” he told journalists. He did not do the things accused of him. Cuomo has been New York State Governor for ten years. Dozens of Democratic MPs in the New York Parliament have now turned their backs on him. The Judiciary Committee opened an investigation that could lead to the initiation of official proceedings against the governor.